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West Point AOG Travel

Join fellow alumni, family, friends, and even other service academies for wonderful adventures as part of the WPAOG Alumni Travel Program.

For more information contact our partner Tour Operators:
♦ AHI Travel, 800.323.7373, Army.AHITravel.com
♦ Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, 800.922.3088, GohaganTravel.com
♦ Go Next, 800.842.9023, GoNext.com
♦ Orbridge, 866.639.0079 WestPointAOG.Orbridge.com
♦ National WWII Museum, 877.813.3329 ext 257 Ww2MuseumTours.org
♦ Premier World Discovery, 877.953.8687, premierworlddiscovery.com
♦ Odysseys Unlimited, 800.370.6765, odysseys-unlimited.com

For more information about the Alumni Travel Program Contact:

♦ WPAOG Alumni Travel Program office Travel@wpaog.org

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2019 Trip Descriptions

South African Explorer - OCEANIA CRUISES*, January 4 to January 20, 2019
Cape Town to Cape Town (15 Nights) Nautica

From approximately $5,299, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities) GoNext

South African Explorer – OCEANIA CRUISES*Experience the sun-filled, exotic attractions of South Africa, Mozambique, and Namibia. Depart from Cape Town and sail to Mossel Bay, a town that experiences more than three hundred sunshine-filled days a year. Continue to Richards Bay, which has one of South Africa’s largest harbors, to take in gorgeous panoramic views of the sea, or consider visiting a nearby game reserve. Acacia-lined avenues and a charming waterfront draw visitors to Maputo, while British Colonial architecture reigns in Durban. The city’s promenade, the Golden Mile, offers a perfect location to enjoy the subtropical climate before continuing onward to East London, revered for its unspoiled beaches. Finally, visit the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, home to beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, and cruise to the huge natural lagoon of Walvis Bay. Although rimmed by the inhospitable Namib Desert, the bay attracts hundreds of thousands of birds, including flamingos, pelicans, and migratory species.

Outback Explorer - OCEANIA CRUISES*, January 14 to January 30, 2019
Sydney to Auckland (14 Nights) Regatta

From approximately $6,899, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities) GoNext

Outback Explorer – OCEANIA CRUISES*Take in the best of Australia and New Zealand, destinations of thrilling contrasts and incredible scenery: sun-kissed golden beaches, lush green valleys, laid-back coastal towns, majestic fjords, and energetic urban landscapes. Depart Sydney for Eden, a sleepy seaside town that’s home to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum, and sail to Melbourne, a vibrant capital sprinkled with chic art galleries and gardens. Spend two days exploring the marvelous city before continuing to Burnie, where you can uncover natural splendors in its many wilderness areas. Then, navigate one of the world’s most exquisite fjords, Milford Sound, with its dramatic cliffs, verdant forests, and staggering waterfalls. Look for sunbathing fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins in Dunedin, and stroll Akaroa’s streets framed by Colonial architecture. Discover the thriving art scene in Wellington, and view Art Deco architecture in Napier. Before ending your adventure in Auckland, visit Tauranga, rich with Maori culture, or discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, and learn about the fascinating history of the Bay of Islands.

Israel - Land of Cultural Treasures, January 19 to January 28, 2019
A once-in-a-lifetime journey to Israel

From approximately $3,995 per person, plus air AHI

Israel - Land of Cultural TreasuresTake a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Israel, and discover the cultures that have influenced people around the world. Explore Israel’s history, architecture, religion and more. See the Bauhaus buildings of Tel Aviv’s White City and the historic port city of Jaffa. Cruise the Sea of Galilee, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Imagine life in Roman Caesarea, Akko’s Crusader fort, ancient Tel Megiddo and the Masada fortress. Stroll through the gardens of the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, and float in the Dead Sea. In Jerusalem, see the Temple Mount and Western Wall, walk the Via Dolorosa and step inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Experience the poignant Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Meet and speak with the people of Israel: a Druze family, winemakers and a Holocaust survivor. This small-group program features an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner and eight nights’ first-class accommodations in Tel Aviv, Tiberias and Jerusalem.

Expedition to Antarctica, January 26 to February 8, 2019
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Ice-Class Ship L’ AUSTRAL

From approximately $9,995 per person, plus air Gohagan

Expedition to AntarcticaJoin us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night exclusively chartered cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the intimate L’ AUSTRAL, one of the finest vessels in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the 110 deluxe, ocean-view Suites and Staterooms. Experience “The White Continent” in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the lingering light of the austral summer. Accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, board sturdy Zodiac watercraft for excursions ashore and observe the playful antics of this region’s abundant wildlife—penguins and seals, in particular, are unafraid of human visitors. The expedition team will provide a series of enriching lectures on this pristine wilderness. Spend two nights in the Five-Star INTERCONTINENTAL BUENOS AIRES HOTEL, including a tour of Argentina’s vibrant capital city. Extend your journey with the exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option. This unique itinerary is an exceptional value and perennially popular!

Sparkling South Pacific - OCEANIA CRUISES*, January 31 to February 10, 2019
Papeete to Papeete (10 Nights) Marina

From approximately $4,299, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities) GoNext

Sparkling South Pacific – OCEANIA CRUISES*Settle into laid-back island life as you encounter the South Pacific’s pristine beaches and glistening lagoons aboard the luxurious Marina. Spend a day exploring Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia in the tropical paradise of Tahiti. The island’s volcanic peaks overlook lush rainforest, black-sand beaches, and cascading waterfalls. Embark Marina and sail to verdant Moorea. Take in the colors of this paradise—the greens of the volcanically-formed cliffs, the blues of the still-watered lagoons, and the white pops of the small tiare flower. Fakarava, the following port, is home to many rare plant and animal species. Search for unique tropical birds before continuing to Rangiroa where marine life is abundant. Spend two days in Bora Bora, known as the most romantic island in the world, and two days in Raiatea, an island dotted with vanilla plantations that spread the rich, sweet scent. Before ending the cruise back in Papeete, stop in relaxed Huahine. Minimally impacted by modern times, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the sunshine, pristine natural areas, and easy-going attitudes of the locals.

California Rail Discovery, April 24 to April 30, 2019

Premier World Discovery

California Rail DiscoveryA crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Reason enough to join us on a spectacular seven day journey through northern California on the California Rail Discovery. Begin your trip with a two night stay along Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The next day cross the Golden Gate Bridge for a visit to the picturesque town of Sausalito and then on to Sacramento and visit the world-renown California State Railroad Museum. Board the famous Napa Valley Wine Train the next day to relive history through the Napa Valley onboard vintage Pullman railcars – this is sure to be a highlight. The following morning board Amtrak’s California Zephyr and head east into the spectacular snow-capped Sierra Mountain range where we will disembark in the Reno/Tahoe area. The next two nights are spent on the shores of Lake Tahoe at the Lake Tahoe Resort. Visit Carson City and the historic town of Virginia City. A Paddlewheeler Cruise of Lake Tahoe and then a farewell dinner will cap off your seven day adventure out west.

Italian Riviera, May 25 to June 2, 2019
Discover the Italian Riviera on an exhilarating seven-night journey

From $2,995, plus air AHI

Italian RivieraDiscover the Italian Riviera on an exhilarating seven-night program. Take in the sparkling Ligurian Sea, sun-drenched beaches and charming towns. Stay in Sestri Levante, where colorful buildings frame the coastline, and explore the Italian region of Liguria. Cruise the coast to the Riviera towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita. Spend a day admiring the picturesque Cinque Terre, and feast your eyes on the villages of Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza from the sea. Explore magnificent Genoa, where 42 Renaissance palazzi dominate the cityscape. Discover Camogli, a charming fishing village and a favorite seaside retreat. In neighboring Tuscany, visit Carrara and discover the origin of the ivory marble that sculptors have prized for centuries. In Lucca, choose between a cycling tour atop the city walls and a walking tour of the Old Town. Enjoy first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.

France - Paris Noir, The African - American Experience, June 16 to June 24, 2019
Discover the reach of African-American culture in Paris

From $3,495, per person AHI

France - Paris Noir, The African-American ExperienceDiscover the reach of African-American culture in Paris, the City of Light, and walk in the footsteps of luminaries such as Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard, Miles Davis and many more. From jazz musicians and club owners to writers and scholars, many African-Americans felt welcome and accepted here in Paris, thousands of miles from home, in the years following World War I. During this seven-night journey, trace the rich history of the city’s African-American community on specially designed walking tours and talks, watch a documentary about the African-American influence in 1920s’ and 1930s’ Paris and meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session, and listen to the music that entranced the city at a jazz concert. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: the cuisine, a Seine cruise and traveling on the Métro. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.

Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 24 to August 1 and July 31 to August 8, 2019
Air Included from Boston, New York-JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington-Dulles±
Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship LE CHAMPLAIN

From $6,495, per person Gohagan

Circumnavigation of IcelandDiscover the ethereal “Land of Fire and Ice”—one of the world’s most enchanting and distinctive destinations—on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this stunning Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship LE CHAMPLAIN, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory underwater observation lounge. Look for orca, humpback whales and rare migratory birds; see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes; and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, Earth’s youngest island and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the majestic and rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Includes round-trip air from Boston, New York-JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington Dulles; Low Air Add‑Ons are available from select cities.† Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Cruise Option and Greenland’s Ice Fjord and Glaciers Post-Cruise Option are offered.

Paradores & Pousadas, August 31 – September 14, 2019
Discover the reach of African-American culture in Paris

Odysseys Unlimited

Paradores & PousadasThis distinctive 15-day journey takes your small group through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas. Begin in the Portuguese capital with Lisbon’s sights then travel to Evora, a treasure-trove of Portuguese, Roman, and Moorish heritage. Discover Merida’s Roman ruins, Seville’s romance, and cultural gem Cordoba. From charming Ronda journey to Granada with its extraordinary Alhambra. Explore medieval Toledo before a three-night stay in monumental Madrid and visits to the 18th-century Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and vast Plaza Mayor. Enjoy Spain’s lively cultural capital, Barcelona, on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Alpine Countries with Oktoberfest, September 24 to October 2, 2019

Premier World Discovery

Alpine Countries with OktoberfestThe annual 16-day Oktoberfest Festival started in 1810 and takes place each year in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, Germany. Beginning in September and running through the first weekend in October, it is the world’s largest fair with 6 million visitors per year. Here is your chance to enjoy the culture, music, food and of course Bavarian beer.

Your home for seven nights is in Innsbruck, Austria, situated in the Tyrol region of the Alps. Innsbruck is a perfect hub to venture from and experience majestic scenery, sample wonderful food and explore historic cities & sights of the Alpine Countries.

Touring includes the following: Innsbruck City Tour, Munich City Tour and Oktoberfest, a day traveling in the Alps to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the Wies Church, and the village of Oberammergau. It also includes a day to travel and tour Salzburg. This tour also features two traditional dining experiences with a Bavarian Restaurant & Beer Hall Lunch in Munich & Bier Garden Dinner in Innsbruck.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, October 11 to October 16, 2019

Premier World Discovery

Albuquerque Balloon FiestaTravel with us to the Land of Enchantment to enjoy New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, history and architecture. A highlight will be the world famous Albuquerque Balloon Festival, the world’s largest and most famous hot air ballooning event. Witness the Mass Ascension, which includes more than 500 balloons taking to the sky. Also experience the balloons up close and illuminated on solid ground during the Balloon Glow.

Enjoy three nights in Santa Fe, founded in 1607, making it America’s oldest state capital city and third oldest continuously inhabited U.S. city. Enjoy a Santa Fe City Tour with a local guide, featuring the Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governor’s (built in 1610) and a visit to the Loretto Chapel to learn of its mysterious past. Santa Fe is part of the UNESCO Creative City Network as one of the most important art markets in the world and is renowned for its beauty, Pueblo-style architecture and museums.

Holiday Markets Cruise, November 27 to December 5, 2019
Experience the diverse history of the British Isles

From $2,099, per person, AHI

Holiday Markets CruiseExperience the diverse history of the British Isles on your voyage through the United Kingdom and beyond. Arrive in London; Britain’s forward-thinking capital that blends history, pageantry, and innovation; and embark the luxurious Nautica before you depart for Newcastle, a cultural hub adorned with timeless Victorian structures. Arrive in Edinburgh, where you’ll find this dignified capital’s finest details in the intimate squares and maze-like alleyways of medieval Old Town; and explore fascinating Viking history at the Manx Museum in Douglas. In Belfast, birthplace of the Titanic, you’ll discover an industrial city polished into the sleek Northern Irish destination you see today; before indulging in the cultural feast that is Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. From the beaches to The Beatles, Liverpool delights with modern attractions and classic British heritage. Hike the Welsh countryside in Holyhead before disembarking the Nautica in Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital.